So a couple of weeks ago I wrote an entry here on my weblog. It was a bit of a kvetch about juried competitions, and high-priced entry fees to places like Photolucida and (to a lesser extent) LensCulture.
The entry was prompted by an email I got from LensCulture, telling me that one of my images scored in the top 10% of all images submitted to LensCulture last year. The point of telling me this was to also inform me that artists with images in the top 10% generally did very well in LensCulture's Exposure Awards. Well, every application costs $50...so yeah, thanks a bunch, but NO THANKS.
I don't want to lay out details, because I get all riled up, but the point I was making is that I want to spend my money on supplies and my time on creating. Instead of spending my money on entry fees and shipping and my time seeking, seeking, then framing and packing and running out to the post office, etc... One challenge is that I have thought of my work in terms of showing for so long that showing is sometimes the motivation to create. and I don't like it. I want to go back to creating for the sake of it.
Here are some ideas for reverting back to creation for the simple joy of it:
- I am not applying to any more juried exhibitions. Not for at least a year, maybe longer (we'll see how it feels after a year)
- I am never (never for the rest of my fucking life) making work for a gallery again. They either like what I have, or they don't.
- I am letting go of every single practice that I do for the purpose of "building a body of work." that is a market-driven practice and it needs to go.
- The normal "artist's statement" can kiss my sweet ass goodbye. (really, like I don't write enough? LOL)
Anyhow, the next day I was checking my FB account and found an entry by another photographer. Here is his entry (highlights are things I've said here on my own weblog):
He's kinder about the FB process of "mutual shoulder patting." and maybe you noticed that at the end of his entry he mentions pen pals. So I decided "why not?" I don't know that it will ultimately work for me, or that he will find my mail very interesting...Here is my first penpal note to him:
Not sure this will be up his alley if he wants to talk about travel...only place I travel to are places in my mind, after all. Maybe I should have started with a conversation about art, but this is what was on my mind. So I wrote it. and just look at the sassy stationery.
Here's the envelope: